In Illéa, all of the power is concentrated among a select few. It's concentrated in the upper castes, who are given a larger piece of the pie than regular families like the Singers. It's concentrated in the army, which maintains control over the population. And, most importantly, it's concentrated in the royal family, who call all of the shots at the end of the day. That doesn't sound too equitable to us. By the end of The Selection, however, our heroine America Singer has gone inside this powerful behemoth and lived the tale—and she might have even changed it along the way, too.
Questions About Power
- How does America usually react to powerful people?
- Does Maxon abuse his power? Explain.
- In what ways does the royal family use its power for good? For evil?
- How does the Selection affect the royal family's relationship with its subjects?
Chew on This
Unlike everyone else in the novel, America responds defiantly when someone tries to establish power over her, and that's essentially what makes Maxon fall in love with her.
To his benefit, Maxon never uses his power for evil—he always tries to do good.